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Sky announces new Internet TV service, available in first half of 2012

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Sky plans to launch an internet TV service in the first half of 2012.

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Sky plans to launch a new internet TV service in the first half of 2012 for British customers. The new service will be available to anyone in the UK with a broadband connection, and will provide access to a limited amount of Sky's programming, including Sky Movies at launch. Sports and other entertainment content will follow "soon afterwards" according to the company.

There's no word on pricing for the service but Sky says there will be a variety of options and no minimum contract, including pay monthly unlimited access or a pay-as-you-go package, unlike its existing Sky Go plan. The service, designed for Britain's 13 million homes without pay TV, will be available for PCs, Macs, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and connected TVs, and Sky will offer more details on the new service closer to its launch.

Sky also announced today that it will offer fiber broadband from April. Priced at £20 a month, the service will provide download speeds of up to 40 megabits with no usage caps and will be available to around 30 percent of UK homes — tapping into BT's fiber roll-out.